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My chances of gettin into a top 10 school? [#permalink] New post 18 Aug 2004, 16:06
Ivy League School Electrical Engineering GPA: 3.1
GMAT SCORE: 650
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2 Years of Marketing experience at Intel in Marketing Leadership Program
3 Years of Experience in Product Marketing at 8 person Startup

So what are my chances given the above qualifications?The startup has done well for itself and I can spin my diverse marketing management experiences at different companies.

However, I am an Indian male which I think puts me at a disadvantage. However, I do have considerable marketing/sales/operations experience compared to most of my counterparts.

I could take the test again and try to bump it up by another 30 pts. Not sure though...
Schools: Michigan, Fuqua, Kellogg, Wharton, Tuck, Harvard

Any constructive feed is appreciated. thanks, ab
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Aug 2004, 20:01
hi amitbalan,

I am not Linda and I don't have her experience but in my opinion you should try to get a better score at the GMAT because :

+ Indian pool/IT/Telecom/Engineer is very competitive as you know, try to reach 670-680 would be better

+ Some schools may question the fact that you didn't try again the GMAT, at least if you try another time it means you were motivated and you didn't give up just after your first score.

+ Moreover, we all know that your GMAT score is not 100% of the application and that the score is not an acceptation insurance but at the contrary it can definitely prevent you from going to schools if the score is too low. And to reach Michigan, Fuqua, Kellogg, Wharton, Tuck or Harvard, I think 650 might be a little short.

+ Try a second time...it's always better as you don't really know your limits, you may get 690 with some training before...after a first official test you should be aware of your weaknesses now. Generally It's rare to score really lower (+/- 30pts).

GMAT is the only thing with the essays that you can really chamge, I mean you already have a resume, a life and a working experience. You can not change it. However, you can make the things easier if you get a good GMAT score and write good essays...wish you the BEST !
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Aug 2004, 07:02
So what you say makes complete sense. I was really stupid the first time around and just sat on the test cold....i got a 600....this was back in 2002. Then I took a Kaplan course and I got the 650 about a month back. My verbal is really weak. I got a 32 on my verbal and I got a 50 on my math.

Now if I take the GMAT a third time, that's it right? Whatever score I get, I have to stay with that score all the applications I will do in the next 2 years right? That's the reason I am not sure what to do.

Anyways, advice well taken. I will start studying. Argghh! :)

How many times can you usually take the GMAT without looking really bad?
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Re: My chances of gettin into a top 10 school? [#permalink] New post 20 Aug 2004, 10:50
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amitbalan wrote:
Ivy League School Electrical Engineering GPA: 3.1
GMAT SCORE: 650
US Citizen

2 Years of Marketing experience at Intel in Marketing Leadership Program
3 Years of Experience in Product Marketing at 8 person Startup

So what are my chances given the above qualifications?The startup has done well for itself and I can spin my diverse marketing management experiences at different companies.

However, I am an Indian male which I think puts me at a disadvantage. However, I do have considerable marketing/sales/operations experience compared to most of my counterparts.

I could take the test again and try to bump it up by another 30 pts. Not sure though...
Schools: Michigan, Fuqua, Kellogg, Wharton, Tuck, Harvard

Any constructive feed is appreciated. thanks, ab


Antmavel gave you good advice. Thanks Antmavel!

Sorry. But given your anemic GPA and the fact that you are coming from an intensely competitive group, you really need to prepare for and do well on the GMAT if you want to have a chance at these schools. I see only upside to retaking the GMAT, if you are serious about these schools.

If you don't want to retake the test, then you have to look at lower ranked schools.

You can take the GMAT a maximum of 5 times in a twelve-month period.

Good luck!
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 [#permalink] New post 22 Aug 2004, 22:04
Hi,

The previous posts have covered the main issues so there is little to add . . .

1) There is little downside to retaking the exam since many of the elite take the highest score

2) Nominal GPA has limited utility- the slope of the GPA and the "bad" courses are often more important than the raw average.

3) It is unclear whether you are seeking entrance to an elite school in terms of general rep or a domain specific "top 10" school. Thus, attending a "lower ranked" school with high standing in marketing might be preferable to attending some elite general reputation schools.

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